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CIA chief secretly meets Mullah Baradar in Kabul

US CIA Director William Burns had a secret meeting with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday.

The Washington Post quoted unnamed US officials as saying that the CIA had not issued an official statement regarding the meeting.

However, if the meeting is confirmed, it will be the first attempt by a senior US official to contact him since the Taliban’s conquest of Kabul and the seizure of power in Afghanistan last week.

Reports of the meeting come at a time when US and coalition forces are withdrawing from Kabul in a difficult situation and hundreds of others are being evacuated under difficult circumstances.

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